LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Why not be different? Instead of using the old-fashioned poinsettia - what about doing an amaryllis?
Of course, they are a true Christmas flower. They come in such an assortment of colors. Chris H. Olsen prefers his favorite of course which is the red because it is the symbol of Christmas.
Now amaryllis are so easy to grow. There are different ways to do it. You can buy like one client did - but them pre-potted and already growing with several stems of blossoms coming up- or you can plant the bulb yourself.
Well, Chris Olsen is an impatient person so he prefers to buy them already growing. These were planted into these wonderful contemporary containers and the white is a great contrast with the red amaryllis. Then add some fluff - some fillers - and that is exactly what we have here. We have beautiful variegated Holly. We have the Peacock Fern and we have this Ardisia which has great little Cranberry berries. Add them together they make a living floral arrangement.
Remember when you bring blooming bulbs indoors they can fall over with time. So he usually adds some type of sticks within them - instead of stakes. These are contorted willow - but if you look closely they are painted Gold - giving another Christmas color to the arrangement.
Now if you don’t like the contemporary look - why not put them in a little more organic traditional pot like these? These we have in Birch Pots. Very, very woodsy looking. The concept is basically the same - but with a softer look.